Michigan Teacher of the Year from Walled Lake

Walled Lake Schools' Melody Arabo named state's top educator


Walled Lake Schools' Melody Arabo was named the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Board of Education.

Arabo is a third-grade teacher at Keith Elementary School and has 12 years of classroom experience.

"We honor Melody for her incredible achievements in the classroom and to express our appreciation of the men and women who work every day to open up a world of learning to Michigan's children," said Gov. Rick Snyder.

Arabo was select from a field of 238 nominees.

An alumna of the Galileo Leadership Academy, Arabo, currently is one of five Michigan teachers who were selected for the NEA-sponsored Master Teacher Project, an elite national program where 96 of the nation's best teachers share their best practices with other teachers.

"Being selected as a Master Teacher is an amazing accomplishment that I am very proud of," Arabo said. "However, my greatest accomplishment so far is being considered to represent the state of Michigan as an effective teacher in preparation for citizens of the world."

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will receive a monetary award of $1,000, funded by the MEEMIC insurance company, in honor of Arabo's Michigan Teacher of the Year award.